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Technology innovations to exceed Milsatcom requirements

12 - 13 June 2019 | RAF Club: London

CPD 18 hours
 

Conference programme - 12 June 2019

Wednesday 12 June 2019

08:30

Registration and refreshments

09:00

IET and Chairman’s welcome & introduction

Dave Davis, MBE, Technical Director, VT iDirect

09:10

Keynote: Defence Space and the need for MilSatCom capabilities

  • The next generation capability strategy
  • MilSATCOM delivery within a UK Defence context
  • Requirements for Future Beyond Line of Sight (FBLOS)
  • Moving towards a resilient, protected and assured worldwide X-band, UHF and wider communications capabilities to enable information superiority for UK Force Elements in the delivery of Defence Tasks and Contingent Operations

Captain RN David Moody, Deputy Head of Space, HQ Joint Forces Command, MOD, UK

10:00

The UK’s Civil Space Strategy Post-Brexit: Implications for Milsatcoms and GovSatComs

Space industry is a high growth, high productivity sector where the UK punches above its weight, contributing some £14bn (and supporting £250bn) to UK economy and employing 39,000 people. This presentation will outline the UK’s vision for growth in the space sector over the next decade and the Post-Brexit implications for Milsatcoms and prospects of GovSatComs.

Vanda Green, European Union Exit Review Lead, Department for International Trade

10:30

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:00

ESA GovSatcoms Programme - first implementation lessons and implications

The ESA Govsatcom Precursor programme develops new security solutions and services in partnership with European satellite operators and service providers. It lays the groundwork for Govsatcom, an initiative that will pool and share relevant governmental and commercial satellite solutions to provide guaranteed access to satellite communications when and where they are needed most.

Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Head of Institutional and European Programmes Office, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications,
European Space Agency Headquarters, France

11:30

GovSat Secure Satcom Service - one year in

Luxembourg has joined the Milsatcom club following the successful launch of GovSat-1 on 31st January, 2018. We will describe the design journey that led to the capability going live in March 2018 and update on the operational evolution of the GovSat system. This was achieved in a 3-year timeline and we will explore how GovSat is looking at future developments

Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg

12:00

Panel discussion: Brexit impact on UK Defence (GovSatcom and Milsatcoms): what will have to change?

  • Strategies in place for securing UK’s sovereignty in Milsatcoms and GovSatcoms: working in collaboration with international organisations (ESA, EDA), government and national critical infrastructure operators
  • Mitigating implications of Brexit on the UK Satcoms Industry: how will Brexit affect GovSatcoms international pulling and sharing arrangements?
  • ESA GovSatcoms Programme first implementation lessons and implications
  • Anticipating the impact on operational processes

Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Head of Institutional and European Programmes Office, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications,
European Space Agency Headquarters, France
Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg
Ralph Thiele, President, EuroDefense, Germany

12:45

Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:45

Airbus Keynote - technical view of future MILSATCOM / Skynet 6

A brief look at the 50 years of MILSATOM in the UK, culminating in the current Skynet 5 programme. A look to the future of UK MILSATCOM architecture, its position in the wider communications networks, and the threats and issues the next generation will need to consider.

Francis Kinsella, Senior Expert, Communications, Airbus Defence and Space, UK
Phil Wadey, Head of Skynet Space, Airbus Defence and Space, UK

14:15

Game Changer Cyber – Towards new Economics of Space?

Cyber has emerged as the major enabler of hybrid threats posed by government agencies and non-state actors. Perhaps one of the most challenging of potential scenarios is an opponent’s ability to establish Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) postures, weapons and methods to counter own power projection from accessing and achieving freedom of manoeuvre in key areas. NATO and European Union nations - to include the U.S. - have fallen behind their competitors in the cyber domain, both conceptually and operationally. It is recommended:

  • Armed forces should embrace cyber effects as an integral component of military power.
  • Develop policy guidance to ensure effective use of cyber capabilities.
  • Enhance resilience as a necessary foundation for an effective offensive cyber capability.

Ralph Thiele, President, EuroDefense, Germany

14:45

Science and Technology support to the Skynet 6 programme

  • The Milsatcom Umbrella Support Programme
  • The Skynet 6 option space
  • Modelling future architectures
  • Technology Demonstration and Development
  • Commercial and International Engagement

David Dean, Senior Principal Engineer, DSTL, UK

15:15

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

15:45

Mitigating Future Physical Threats in Space – Synthetic Swarm Satellite Systems

The increasing risk of space-debris and the development of autonomous in-orbit servicing capabilities bring a new scale and dimension to the threats to physical assets in space, and it in future it will be no longer sufficient to depend upon highly redundant single assets. This talk describes an alternative swarm-based system architecture designed to deliver secure high-capacity over-the-horizon critical communications services that aims to mitigate against these serious emerging physical threats. The nature of the space-based and ground-based infrastructure will be described, together with the end-user product and service characteristics supported by such a future system.

Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK

16:15

‘Internet of Military Things (IoMT): Ensuring an effective communication network to support the future soldier’

An open and informal discussion session encouraging audience participation and input to explore the emerging satcom requirements and the technology innovations for connected soldiers of the near future.

Francis Kinsella, Senior Expert, Communications, Airbus Defence and Space, UK
David Dean, Senior Principal Engineer, DSTL, UK
Nik Smith, UK Country Director, Lockheed Martin Space

16:55

Chairman’s final remarks

17:00

Drinks reception

18:30

Close of event

Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

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Pricing

IET Member - £599
Non-member - £699
Student, Government or Military - £300